Thursday, July 25, 2013 | 6 p.m.
Change up your routine this weekend with some refreshing entertainment offerings just slightly off the beaten path, from a free set of Australian soul-jazz-hip-hop at the Cosmopolitan to a super-soaked family race course at Wet ’n’ Wild and top-notch improv from fellow Las Vegans at Art Square Theater.
Here’s a look at our weekend best bets:
Friday: Lion Fight 10 at the Joint
Muay Thai event Lion Fight comes back to Las Vegas for the second time this year with new championship division 10 at the Joint in the Hard Rock Rock Hotel. The fight features the return of Yodsanklai Fairtex vs. Chike Lindsay for the event’s first-ever middleweight title. Fighters Tiffany Van Soest and Lucy Payne go head to head for Lion Fight’s first women's featherweight title. The first bout starts at 5 p.m. The event will be aired live nationally on AXS TV from 4 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 to $95 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster and the Hard Rock box office.
Saturday: Soggy Jog at Wet ’n’ Wild
While running near a pool is generally not a good idea, we’re all for this weekend’s Soggy Jog at Wet ’n’ Wild. The 1-mile family fun run includes a water park race course featuring favorites such as the Colorado Cooler lazy river, the Canyon Cliffs water slide and the Desert Racers water slide. Entry is $70 and includes admission to the water park for the day as well as a Soggy Jog towel and swimming goggles. A 20 percent discount will be provided for families of three or more. The event gets started at 8 a.m.
Saturday: The Wayans Brothers at the Pearl
Shawn and Marlon Wayans are taking a break from their latest slate of film and TV projects to hit the road, with a stop this Saturday night at the Palms. Whether you’re an old school fan of “Don’t Be a Menace ...” or just caught them in “A Haunted House,” look forward to their high-energy live comedy in Pearl at the Palms starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster and the Palms box office.
Thursday-Saturday: Hiatus Kaiyote at Chandelier
Melbourne-based buzz band Hiatus Kaiyote brings their brand of “future soul” to the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas this weekend for three nights of free shows at Chandelier. Their unique blend of soul, jazz and hip-hop has garnered the acclaim of respected artists such as Erykah Badu, Questlove and Flying Lotus, and has seen the band gain a devoted international fan base in the less than two years since they formed. Grab a cocktail and soak it all in — sets run from 8 to 10:45 p.m. on Thursday and 9 to 11:45 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.
Improv Aces at Art Square Theater
Members of Matt Donnelly’s Executive Monkeys improv comedy show team up with other members of the local comedy scene for Improv Aces, a new “Who’s Line Is It Anyway?”-type improv show that promises a fast-paced, action-packed hour of yuks at Art Square this Friday night. The show starts at 11 p.m.; entry is $10.
Saturday: Weezer at Boulevard Pool
Pop-rock heavy hitters Weezer return to Las Vegas on Saturday night for a set of career-spanning hits at Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan. Fans can expect to hear ’90s indie classics such as “Undone (The Sweater Song)” and “Say It Ain’t So,” along with their more recent pop-flavored hits such as “Troublemaker” and “Beverly Hills.” The show starts at 9 p.m. with openers Hunter Hunted. Tickets are $50.
Saturday-Sunday: Concert Fantasy 2013 at the Smith Center
The Fern Adair Conservatory for the Arts presents its annual Concert Fantasy and Fantasy Petite benefit shows for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Great Las Vegas. Concert Fantasy features dance and music from hundreds of performers, including dancers, singers, gymnasts and martial artists ages 8 to 18. Fantasy Petite features performers ages 3 to 8. Since 1974, the Fern Adair Conservatory has raised $446,981 for Las Vegas charities benefiting local youth. Shows are at 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $28.50 to $46.50.